What's on in London in October?
British schools break up for a October half-term this month, so look out for special family activities at many London attractions. While Halloween ensures the month ends with a spooky feel with plenty of scary events and activities – see below for ideas.
London becomes a little colder in October as autumn splashes the city’s parks and gardens with a riot of autumnal colours, changing the vivid greens to warm coppers, golds and russet reds. Take a trip to Kew Gardens, Richmond Park, or other major parks to bask in the beautiful display of colours.
Unmissable London events in October
- Enjoy fun events throughout Black History Month: Celebrate black culture and history throughout October.
- Celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights: Enjoy performances and cultural activities in Trafalgar Square. TBC
- Test your fitness at the Virgin Money London Marathon: Sprint past London landmarks or join thousands cheering from the sidelines. 2 Oct
- Take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon: Run for great causes in the leafy surrounds of London's beautiful parks. 9 Oct
Halloween in London
- Plan a frighteningly good Halloween in London: Enjoy themed events, family activities, tours and more of the best things to do in London this Halloween.
- Seek out spooky London attractions: from immersive experiences to haunted houses.
Fun family events in London
- Go behind the scenes of the iconic Harry Potter films: Head to Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter to learn more about the making of the films.
- Enjoy a host of events during October half-term: Take your pick from fun events and activities at London attractions. 17-28 Oct
- Check out KidZania's immersive play areas: Get active and combine learning with fun.
- Explore London's top kids attractions: Entertain the kids and make lifelong memories.
- Book these iconic top 10 attractions: For a fun-tastic family day out in the capital.
- Sing along with the kids at these top musicals: Enjoy your favourite shows on stage.
For more things to do in October in London, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London. Or discover plenty more seasonal events and activities with our ultimate guide to autumn in London.
WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see this London weather page.
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